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Hospital Visitor/Residential Care Volunteer - Jami

Closing date: 31 December 2019

Organisation: 

Jami was established in 1989 by parents, relatives and friends of people who suffer from mental ill health. In 2013 Jami became responsible for the running of the community’s non-residential mental health provision, creating a single mental health service for the Jewish community in London and the South East. Working alongside statutory services, Jami is committed to supporting people to fulfill their potential, maximise their self-esteem and progress along their own unique pathway towards recovery. Jami’s focus is on recovery from mental illness. We support people at any point on their recovery journey, helping them to develop the skills to live life to the full.

Role description: 

About the role

This role is ideal for someone who has worked or is working within a mental health setting.  This role can be emotionally demanding and proper self care is very important.  
 

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • To provide cultural support, particularly if people are admitted to hospital over a Jewish festival period
  • To maintain regular contact with patients whilst they are in hospital
  • To maintain ongoing support with people who live in residential settings
  • To inform hospital visiting coordinator of contact made using the visiting form
  • To provide support to patients admitted to a mental health unit
  • To provide support to people living in residential settings
  • To act as a point of reference between Jami, the patient and carers if appropriate
  • Prior to hospital discharge, discuss with people whether they would like follow on support from Jami services.

Experience, skills and attributes needed

  • Experience of working with people who have experienced mental health difficulties
  • Posess good listening and communication skills
  • Non-judgmental attitude
  • Understanding of own self-care strategies and emotional resilience
  • Mindful of professional boundaries and issues regarding confidentiality when carrying out this role
  • To be aware of issues facing the client group.

The minimum age requirement for this role is 18+.

What this role offers for volunteers

  • Further knowledge of mental ill health issues 
  • Improved awareness of how to support individuals through regular training sessions and weekly support
  • Increased confidence in working with individuals on a one-to-one basis
  • Access to a wide variety of training courses - free to volunteers.
  • Detailed reference after a one year commitment. 

Other information: 

Recruitment process: Application form and interview. Initial trial period of 2 months and then review at appraisal. Half day mandatory training (induction and introduction to Judaism) are provided.

DBS check required: Yes 

References: Two references are required from people who know the volunteer professionally or socially but not a member of the family.

Hours: 
Volunteering takes place at the weekend or during school hours. Please note the wards at Goodmayes Hospital usually have visiting hours or times when they allow "professional" visitors.Disabled access is not available at all the venues where you will be visiting. We ask for a minimum commitment of 12 months.
Expenses: Travel and subsistence

Type of activity: 

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